Homeland Security Police Investigate Suspicious Photography in Downtown Seattle
On Friday, March 22, 2013, at 9:10 a.m., on 1st Avenue between Columbia Street and Cherry Street in downtown Seattle, Washington, a white SUV, United States Government license G18 0770H, marked Federal "Protective Service POLICE" and "U.S. Department of Homeland Security," parked facing southward in the outer northbound lane of 1st Avenue, with emergency lights flashing. A uniformed police officer who identified himself as R. Moyer, badge number 1048, detained a man on the sidewalk for approximately nine minutes, reportedly to investigate the photography of government vehicles. He was joined by a man who arrived in a second DHS-FPS SUV, license 4754K, identified as K. Sartain, badge number 1099. Seattle Police Department staff in squad car with license 54043D observed. After the first officer spent a few minutes inside his vehicle, apparently on the phone, he motioned to the second, they spoke briefly, and the second told the man he was free to go. Mr. Moyer drove back into southbound traffic, waited a few seconds, then turned left onto Cherry while the traffic signal was still red. Across the street, a woman apparently named Judy, wearing the uniform of the Metropolitan Improvement District (a "downtown ambassador" employed by the Downtown Seattle Association), refused to acknowledge having seen this incident, offered a business card with contact information, then retracted the offer after the man declined to identify himself to her.
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